Finding Our Teachers
August 6, 2020
In my letter last week, I wrote about God’s will for us; how God invites us to take steps to evolve spiritually and become someone new. We are able to do this if we look at the lessons the universe is sending us in light of the terms given to us each day. Last week I talked about the lesson of doing the next right thing and then leaving the results up to God. This week, I would like to talk about the lessons we can learn from others. This can be done if we choose to see everyone as our teacher.
In his book, The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind, Roger Walsh suggests that we intentionally take a period of time during the day and look at every person we interact with as a teacher bringing us an important lesson. I know that this may be a tall order during this time of social distancing, so I would like to change it to any person you are currently interacting with or have ever interacted with. When doing this exercise each day for a short period of time, there are an incredible number of opportunities to learn.
Walsh states, “When we meet kind people, we can develop feelings of gratitude and use those people as role models to inspire our own kindness and generosity. We can also learn from unkind people. Seeing how sensitive we are to criticism and hostility, we can remember how sensitive others are and resolve to treat them gently. We can also practice forgiveness and find how much better this feels than smoldering with resentment for days.”
“As exercises like these are repeated, the eye of the soul gradually opens and we become increasingly aware of the sacred within us and around us. Every person becomes a teacher and a reminder of our spiritual nature, while every experience becomes a learning opportunity…and we see the world as a sacred schoolhouse designed to heal and awaken us, and to teach us how to heal and awaken others. What greater gift could the world offer?”
With peace and love,